Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Award-winning film and travel writer
Travel Media Association of Canada, Society of American Travel Writers, Toronto Film Critics Association
My company is Spellbound: captivating writing


Fodor’s Go List 2018: No. 11: Prince Edward Island

Why It’s Wonderful: Prince Edward Island is an irresistible combination of rolling green hills and excellent beaches and seascapes, with bountiful shellfish, a gentle pace and a lively music scene. Link to Story

Enjoy sports, food and party bike tours in the ‘new’ Detroit

Detroit has always been a sports city, but with the opening of the impressive 20,000-seat Little Caesars Arena, now everything is in one place. The new downtown home of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons (also a concert and event venue) is just a few blocks from the Tigers’ Comerica Park and the Lions’ Ford Field, creating a downtown sports hub.
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Stunning views, exotic food, laid-back attitude await you in Oahu

Ken Hirata’s Hawaiian holiday came with a side of inspiration: the native bright purple sweet potatoes would be ideal for producing shochu, the clear liquor that outsells sake in Japan. He went home to Australia, quit his job in finance and returned to his birthplace of Japan, spending three years training under a traditional shochu “master,” who streamlined the 10-year apprenticeship period for Hirata, who was nearing 40.
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Drop Everything and Take a Bite Out of Mesa's Fresh Foodie Trail

Hungry for new food experiences and a taste of the hot new Agritourism travel trend, I pack up my hunger and take a gastro-hike along Mesa's 11-stop Fresh Foodie Trail.
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How to choose your favourite winter drink

Will that be whisky or cognac? We asked three experts to take the mystery out of fine spirits to help you choose your new favourite sip. Tish Harcus is a longtime brand ambassador for Canadian Club Whisky. Joining her is Beam Suntory Canada's master mixologist and whisky specialist, Matt Jones, and whisky expert Marcio Ramos.
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When Trenton—not Toronto—was Hollywood North

Hollywood North started out 170 km east of Toronto 100 years ago and its silent film history is being celebrated in 2017.
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8 Totally Weird Restaurants in Amsterdam

The Dutch have a saying: “Just act normal, that’s already crazy enough.”. It’s true of unusual places to eat in this historic city, where the urge to be different comes without pretense. Crazy-different is good, especially when it comes to food. Is peanut butter your jam? Meet the world’s first store dedicated only to PB. Link to Story

Oberoi Hotels & Resorts India: Comfort and care taken to new levels

INDIA—Maybe it was the rose petals showered from above as we arrived, or the sachets discovered tucked into luggage, the cleaning kit left beside an iPad or the welcoming ceremony at each hotel. No, it was definitely the pony.
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How to go shellfish foraging in P.E.I.

Malpeque Bay, P.E.I. Turns out there’s some truth to that saying about being “happy as a clam.”. On the way to Malpeque Bay to forage for shellfish with PEI Coastal Experiences’ owner, John Martin, the question was irresistible. “The way I see it, a clam lives in a spot all of its life, and when it finds a secure spot, it grows to be a lovely clam and is content to be (there),” said Martin, who seems to know just about everything about Prince Edward Island clams and their shellfish cousins.
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Two hotels offer hippest stays on Oahu

Two 1960s Honolulu hotels have recently been reborn as hip stays. The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club, which opened in 2016 after an extensive renovation, embraces a retro-surfer vibe with a pool smack in the middle of the open-concept reception and courtyard. The modest oval pool has a cheeky “Wish You Were Here” mosaic on the bottom, best seen from room balconies around the hotel.
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In Udaipur, tranquility in the shadow of luxurious palaces

With a centuries-old palace as the backdrop for an early morning yoga session beside calm Lake Pichola, Udaipur lives up to its reputation as a place blessed with good vibrations and movie-screen good looks.
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Cool and Unusual Things to do on Your Netherlands Vacation

Go north from Amsterdam, curious traveller, even just across the river IJ (pronounced “eye”) by free ferry from Centraal Station to uncover fun and offbeat experiences to set you apart from other Netherlands visitors. You might be the only Canadian to drop by in weeks, or months, at some of these places.
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Linda Barnard

A freelance travel writer for Toronto Star, Fodor's , TravelPulse Canada, Canadian Traveller, PlanetWare, food writer for Edible Toronto and film writer for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Movie Entertainment Magazine and others, I have more than three decades of experience in deadline-driven digital and print journalism. I'm the former movie writer and a staff film critic at the Toronto Star and a National Newspaper Awards winner (Arts & Entertainment) and winner Best International Travel Story, SATW Canadian Chapter. I have extensive experience as a restaurant critic and food, wine and cocktail writer.
My creative content clients include Telefilm Canada, The Globe and Mail and Star Metro Media.
I write eloquent speeches, craft well-written targeted content and can provide media training.